The Advocacy for Integrity and Financial Growth (AIED) has accused the Nigeria Police Pressure and comparable safety businesses of the federal authorities of missing the wanted integrity to proceed chairing the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).
The group made this assertion on Friday in a press launch signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade O’Seun John, whereas requesting for a right away modification of Part 2(1) ii, Part 3(2) and Part 8(1) of the EFCC Act.
Based on AIED, the continual mockery of the EFCC by successive Chairmen has proven clearly that the muse of the Fee is defective.
“We view the imbroglio that greeted the removing of Ibrahim Magu has a signpost of a defective foundational system for the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).
“Whereas we acknowledge that the reign of Mr Magu knighted the barter of justice, govt blackmail and graft in coronary heart of the fee and his unceremonious removing is justified and speedy trial is beneficial, we’re afraid that successive Chairmen of the fee might not have the ability to perform correctly ought to the fee stay beneath the wings of the President and appointment of its Chairman restricted to the Nigeria Police and comparable safety businesses.
“Firstly, we discover it exhausting to imagine that our legislators may, of their true consciousness, place the operating of such an necessary anti-corruption company within the fingers of safety businesses who’re the poster little one for nefarious actions. It’s quite amusing that the Nigeria Police Pressure was given any consideration on the formation of the EFCC. It’s a world undeniable fact that the Nigeria Police Pressure doesn’t possess the integrity to police the nation successfully to not speak of curbing corruption.
“We’re due to this fact proposing an modification to Part 2(1) ii that limits the qualification to the place of the Chairman of the EFCC to ‘a serving or retired member of any authorities safety or legislation enforcement company not under the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or equal’ we strongly imagine that there are women and men of character in Nigeria who’ve confirmed through the years that they possess the braveness, integrity and independence to behave proper.
“Moreover, it’s repugnant to the anticipated doctrine of independence of an anti-corruption Company if its Chairman and Secretary are appointed by the President and might be eliminated or suspended solely by the President as evident in Part 8(1) and Part 3(2) of the EFCC Act.
“For the EFCC to be really efficient, the Chairman and Secretary of the Fee are anticipated to be free from govt and partisan management.
“To attain this, a particular board made up of civil society organizations, judiciary and lecturers ought to be empowered to appoint the Chairman and Secretary of the Fee whereas additionally serving because the disciplinary authority of the Fee.
” It’s our perception that something wanting healthful independence of the EFCC will proceed to enthrone criminals disguised as Saints for the Chairmanship place whereas the Fee continues as a device to settle political scores. ”